Category: Reviews

Audiobook Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Audiobook Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

May 13, 2015 Reviews 2 ★★★★★

I listened to my very first audio-book last month, and I have things to say about it!

My decision to listen to Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor as my first audio-book was calculated - I thought Taylor's lyrical writing would lend itself perfectly to experience. And I was right! I can't imagine a more perfect book to have started off with.

I've always thought I wouldn't like audio books because they're read so very slowly (and my reading rate is super fast), and because I thought that the voices the narrators give the characters would be weird...

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Every Move by Ellie Marney

Every Move by Ellie Marney

April 15, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★

The last instalment of Ellie Marney’s Every series has left me conflicted and sad. Although it’s hard to say good-bye to Mycroft and Watts, it’s probably for the best because I didn’t really like the way this book turned out.

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Insurgent Movie Mini Review!

Insurgent Movie Mini Review!

April 14, 2015 Reviews 2

Quick Verdict: A strong adaptation that remains true to the vision of the first movie. The cinematography and score are again flawless, the action and plotting are tight, and Kate Winslet is scary.

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Half Wild by Sally Green

Half Wild by Sally Green

April 8, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★

Half Wild is the follow-up to Half Bad. This series follows Nathan Byrn, a half-White and half-Black witch in a world where the two hate each other and don’t usually mix. The fact that Nathan’s father is the most notorious and dangerous Black witch in existence doesn’t help the matter.

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Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

April 2, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Firefight is a wonderful sequel to the heart-stopping Steelheart, delivering all the action, adventure, and fun that readers will expect. It’s an explosive adventure that captured my imagination, and has left me sad that I have to wait so long for the next instalment, Calamity.

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Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

March 30, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Another enchanting and dark fairytale by Sarah Pinborough, Beauty is set before Charm and Poison and allows us to understand those stories a lot better. It introduces us to the prince, the huntsman, a very curious girl, and a deeply disturbing castle.

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Charm by Sarah Pinborough

Charm by Sarah Pinborough

March 26, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Brilliantly reimagined and haunting, Charm is a dark and sexy retelling of the Cinderella fairytale with an incredible twist. Charm is a brilliant retelling of Cinderella that takes the well known tale to a whole new level. I am thoroughly enjoying this series and can’t wait to see where the next instalment, Beauty, takes us.

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Poison by Sarah Pinborough

Poison by Sarah Pinborough

March 24, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★½

“A wicked, delicious, sexy Snow White fairytale.” Poison is a scrumptious retelling of a classic tale that re-imagines the world and the circumstances of our beloved characters. Pinborough’s evil queen is more sympathetic than expected and her Snow White is adventurous and sassy.

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Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

March 18, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Whisper the Dead is the second book in this wonderful series that follows three teen witches in the regency era. Emma, Penelope, and Gretchen have recently found out that they are witches of the powerful Lovegrove line, and are now struggling to control their powers in an increasingly dangerous world.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

March 16, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★

An admirable d├ębut novel that combines a rags-to-riches story with a dystopian world and the powers of the X-Men, Red Queen will please a varied audience. I enjoyed reading it but have to concede that there is almost nothing original about it, and that it ultimately failed to wow me in the way that it could have.

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